News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
August 16, 2023                                      
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Andrea Rodgers joins Chicago Zoological Society as
Senior Vice President of Guest Experience and Operations

 Brookfield, Ill. — The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, is pleased to announce Andrea Rodgers as the new Senior Vice President of Guest Experience & Operations. She will serve as a key member of the Executive Team, overseeing Guest Services and Marketing and Communications teams, as well as the partnership with SSA Group for contracted food, beverage, retail, and catering operations.

Rodgers joins CZS after 12 years as Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Marketing for the John G. Shedd Aquarium, a cultural institution renowned for its commitment to aquatic animal care, conservation science, and environmental education. During her time at Shedd, Rodgers was dedicated to cultivating a more resilient global ecosystem for people, animals, and nature, culminating in the recent release of the institution’s $500 million Centennial Commitment strategic plan aimed at the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2030.

"I am thrilled to join Chicago Zoological Society at this pivotal moment in their master planning efforts, focused on creating new and innovative animal habitats, joyful and inclusive experiences, and compelling guest engagements that foster deeper, personal connections and inspire action for wildlife and nature," said Rodgers. "Working with the leadership and staff, I'm eager to advance and amplify the mission and vision of the Society and Brookfield Zoo through sustainable operations and strategies that will create transformative impact for people and animals”.

Prior to her time at the Shedd, Rodgers spearheaded business development, marketing, and philanthropic community engagement programs for a preeminent law firm with a multi-state presence. She also served as an associate director of public relations for a full-service marketing and communications agency, where she shaped intricate, award-winning campaigns across diverse sectors including consumer products, tourism, healthcare, and economic development.

“Andrea is a proven leader. Her knowledge and expertise will champion the advancement of Brookfield Zoo as a premier destination, while also emphasizing Chicago Zoological Society’s esteemed position as a leader in animal care, education, wildlife conservation, and science with an international reputation for innovation, inspiration and accomplishment,” said Dr. Michael Adkesson, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society and director of Brookfield Zoo.

Rodgers’ influence extends nationally through her elected member service on the Ethics Board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and through her role on the Executive Committee of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership. Her leadership journey encompasses past roles as Chair and Advisor to the AZA Public Relations Committee and as a 2019 selected participant of AZA’s Executive Leadership Development Program. Her accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the AZA, the American Alliance of Museums, and Public Relations Society of America. Andrea is a frequent presenter at national conferences, sharing her insights with diverse organizations. She also serves as an active member of Chief, an exclusive network connecting and empowering women executive leaders.

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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The Zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit



Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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